Thomas Bland Sculpture of our Guiding Principles

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Third Grade-Here Chick, Chick, Chick!

I'd love to claim this lesson as my own but I found it in School Arts Magazine. Its originator is Maryanna Rudecki. I loved teaching this lesson about texture in art and painting wet on wet creating secondary colors from the primary, mixing colors, magenta, cyan blue, and yellow, black and white. This lesson begins by reading The Painter Who Loved Chickens by: Olivier Dunrea. I had to find this book on the Internet. We created texture on
our chickens by painting with hair twisties, dog toys, and those rubber balls with all the spikes sticking out. Oh what fun!

Third Grade-Jonathan Callicutt-Americana

I discovered Jonathan Callicutt when reading an art magazine. He is a young, contemporary artist living in Georgia. He uses Americana type images in his work with Baroque over tones. When teaching this lesson I only address the Americana aspects of his art with my students. I am introducing the idea of mixed media to them. We paint, color, print, and collage this artwork. It is powerful!

First Grade-Raggedy Ann is a Hoosier!

The artist, Johnny Gruelle, was born in Illinois but he was raised in Indiana and began his art career as a political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star. His story characters became dolls and are known throughout the world as Raggedy Ann and Andy. His story is a rich heritage for Hoosier children so I teach my first graders about him and we draw them using lines and shapes and we tuck them in with paper, woven blankets just like his real-life daughter, Marcella, did. This lesson gives me the opportunity to read several of his stories to my students (I love to read to the children!)and share old cartoons and illustrations with them. It's a little bit of Indiana history too.

Kindergarten-The Quilts of Gees Bend

I teach this lesson as a variation on lines specifically thick lines. We also touch on patterns in art and how our "eyes love patterns"! I am a quilter! If I have the chance to sew I sew whenever I can. Textiles have always been my favorite medium so the first time I heard about the quilts of Gees Bend, AL I was mesmerized! The women of Gees Bend live a very isolated life on an island in Alabama. Their ancestors were slaves. They are a wonderful example of the triumph of the human spirit. In their poverty they have made time to sew artistic quilts for their families. They were "discovered" by an quilt collector and their lives haven't been the same since! I show a short clip about them to my kindies and we talk about how these women saved every scrap of fabric to create these wonderful quilts. I then relate this character quality to taking care of our art supplies. Each child makes their own quilt block and we assemble them into a paper quilt. I love this lesson and the kids do too!

Kindergarten Paul Klee Lesson

I teach this lesson after the children have studied the different kinds of lines, shapes and colors because all those elements of art are included in this lesson. We also talk about Paul Klee's pallet of color. You can see they like to stray from his colors!

Friday, May 23, 2014

School's out! Teacher let the monkeys out!

Summer is just around the corner. The children are ready for the end of the year and so am I. I have some projects I've planned around my house. I'll be sure to share them as summer proceeds. Have a wonderful summer!